The towering Hindu Kush mountains stand over the tranquil Chitral Valley, the perfect backdrop to this culturally unique district. The most secluded region in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Chitral is home to some of Pakistan’s most famous tourist places.
The rich culture of Chital is like nothing else. It won’t take you long to sink into the warm and comforting feeling of the locals’ simple way of life and their generous hospitality. The valley abounds with historic and cultural curiosities just waiting to be discovered; explore the town of Chitral and visit the Chitral Fort, the Shahi Masjid (Royal Mosque), and trace the region’s history at the Chitral Museum as you explore its artifacts for yourself, from jewelry to hunting tools. It’s not hard to imagine the stories of Chitral’s past here.
No true picture of the region can be formed without journeying to one of the top places to visit in Pakistan, the Kalash valleys. Explore the Kalash valleys of Bumburet, Birir, and Rumber and get to know the unique and charming Kalash tribes, who live separately to the rest of Pakistan and speak their own ancient language. Here, traditions remain unaffected by the western world and the locals live a life that feels a million miles from the rest of civilization.
Shaped by the Hindu Kush mountains the valley sits in, Chitral’s landscape is dramatic and endlessly captivating. The rocky mountain slopes give way to the Chitral River that rushes past its rocky banks and lush green fields. The mountain peaks, some dusted with white snow, tower over Chitral’s little towns and villages, huge glaciers sit ready to captivate all who visit, and the endangered wild Markhor goats navigate the rocky mountainsides with ease, their impossibly long cork-screw horns pointed to the sky.